during Frozen Mud Season (FMS) are my handwarmer (above), my boot dryer (below),
my Carhartt coat, my Shetland hat and my thickest wool sweater (all below).
I also have befriended thick wool socks and silk long underwear. I lost one of my FMS friends today. I was a pitchfork handle that had lost its fork, but we used the handle to break the ice these last few FMS. It finally broke today after breaking up many buckets of ice.
We experienced a new ice phenomenon today. We were filling our water barrel from a hose and noticed this:
We figured out that the water from the hose was filling behind the circumferential ice of the barrel and pouring through little holes in the ice toward the center. Very odd. Wish us and our critters good luck here as it is supposed to get much colder.
has begun here at Schoonover Farm.
I designed and ordered three different calendars from Cafepress again this year. Unfortunately two of the ones I received had minor defects. The Schoonover Farm calendar (the larger one on the left) was not bound well, and the pages were coming out. I was able to use some pliers to close the binder better, and the pages appear to be secure. The Schoonover Farm Animal calendar (the smaller one on the right) has the hole in the wrong spot. I contacted cafepress.com, and they sent me new calendars which I finally received yesterday. So if anyone would like either of these slightly defective calendars, please let me know. I will pay for postage. To check out the other pages of the calendars go to Farm Calendar or Animal Calendar.
As an aside, here was the view as we were building the new pig shelter. The goats were quite curious.